Archive for June, 2013

Mega Ultra Blast Cast Ep.2

We did it; we reached our second episode!

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Episode 2 of the Mega Ultra Blast Cast (MUBC) features a much shorter run time, better overall audio balance and a lot of zombies!

PLEASE NOTE: This episode contains Spoilers for The Last of Us, but we do give warning when they are about to start. If you have not played the game yet and intend to, when you reach 0:27:15 in the podcast just skip ahead to 1:10:09 . It cuts out most of the runtime but you will be safe from TLOU spoilers then.

If you feel so inclined, download the following file (or just click play), go for a run, take a scenic drive or just curl up on the couch and listen to the irritating opinions of three rather zombified Sydneysiders.

Here it is! It’s up on Soundcloud again.


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https://soundcloud.com/mega-ultra-blast-cast/mega-ultra-blast-cast-02

(Follow the link and then click the download tab)

We are working on getting the cast onto iTunes but we don’t know how long that will take. At the moment we realise it requires some know-how that we do not yet have – and potentially a larger number of episodes. If you like what you hear please share the cast with your friends and like our brand new Facebook page. Enjoy!

Game Review: The Last of Us

So many zombies on screens at the moment!

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Platform:
PS3
Developer:
Naughty Dog
Rating: R18+
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I didn't have a regular case for the game.

I didn’t have a regular case for the game.

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This is it.
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Despite its expansive slate of rock-solid console exclusive franchises, blu-ray disc capabilities, the amazing benefits of Playstation Plus and the otherworldly, standalone magnificence of Journey, The Last of Us is in my opinion the most convincing reason yet, and perhaps ever, to own a Playstation 3. Super developer Naughty Dog have crafted a masterful blend of visuals, sound and affective storytelling that exceeds its highly acclaimed previous efforts thanks to some wonderfully balanced gameplay.

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Movie Review: World War Z

Three of my most anticipated films of the year came out this week. Here’s the first of them.

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Starring:
Brad Pitt, Mereille Enos, Fana Mokoena
Director:
Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace)
Rating: M
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It’s a wonder Brad Pitt‘s new zombie virus outbreak film World War Z has even come out in cinemas, given its well documented production troubles. The script, adapted from a well received but difficult to film novel trilogy, was almost completely re-written and re-shot along its tumultuous journey to our screens. It was only the determination and stubbornness of Pitt‘s production team that allowed it to scrape through. And at the end of the day I’m glad it did.

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The Last of the New Leaves

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We are now halfway through this incredible, bountiful month of June and I’ve gotta tell ya, it’s moments like these that make me glad I play videogames.

Within hours I’ll be carefully stalking around corners in tattered clothes I’ve been wearing for weeks, desperately avoiding the gaze of stragglers as I scavenge through an overgrown landscape ravaged by time, stealing what I need to survive without care for the consequences.

Oh, and also playing The Last of Us.

Game Review: Remember Me

I’m in d-d-d-danger, Pinocchio…

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Platform:
PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developer:
DONTNOD
Rating: M
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Yes, that is the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Yes, that is the Eiffel Tower in the background.

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I won’t forget.
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The general internet consensus on Remember Me hasn’t been too kind. The conveniently pun-tastic line that the game is “forgettable” dominates many sites and forums. However, with some caveats, I beg to differ. The game does have the misfortune of releasing very close to the excellent The Last of Us and, yes, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. Remember Me may be a rather flawed videogame experience, but it packs enough memorable moments to be worth a play.
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Mega Ultra Blast Cast

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that after months of trying to get the idea off the ground, a group of friends and I have finally started podcasting!

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Our podcast is called the Mega Ultra Blast Cast (MUBC) and we basically use it to talk about games and movies and such.

However the first episode, which we recorded on June 12th, is 100% devoted to talking about the five big E3 conferences. We go through our thoughts on almost every single game mentioned at each conference, so it isn’t a short episode. It’s three and a half hours long, actually.

The good news is that it’s split into six sections, so you can just listen to the one or two that interest you if you want.

We talk Microsoft at the beginning.

From 1:02:56 we chat about EA.

Ubisoft talk starts at 1:23:56.

We dissect Sony from 1:49:48.

Nintendo is in the spotlight starting at 2:40:03.

And we wrap the whole thing up from 3:21:10 until the end. If you just listen to just one segment, go this one.

So if you feel so inclined, download the following file (or just click play), go for a run, take a scenic drive or just curl up on the couch and listen to the irritating opinions of three very sleep-deprived Sydneysiders.

Here it is! We’re hosting it at Soundcloud at the moment.


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https://soundcloud.com/mega-ultra-blast-cast/mega-ultra-blast-cast-e3-2013

(Follow the link and then click the download tab)

As this was our first attempt at podcasting, I apologise for any audio issues that might pop up. We hope to learn and get better (and a lot shorter) as we continue making episodes. I am really really excited that this finally happened and I sincerely hope you enjoy listening.

Conference Call 2013

Another year, another round-up, another desperate relationship with sleep.

What an exciting Electronic Entertainment Expo. If you ask me the 2013 major publishing conferences were the most interesting, surprising and, in at least one case, outright brutal I have seen for a long, long time. Wow.

Just as I did last year, I’ve broken down and ranked each conference from least to most impressive in my own opinion. Of course each company just showed so very many games that I cannot possibly hope to remember them all, so please keep that in mind. I will say that even though last year I placed Ubisoft on top of the list, this year’s EA conference (which is ranked lowest here) would have given that purple French showcase a real run for its money. 2013 was just that good for E3 conferences.

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Retrocity

To think I have the nerve to call myself a Nintendo fan.

I’ve never played either of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle games.

Also, I’ve never played Super Metroid.

And, uh, um, I’ve never played Super Mario World.

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Yeah, I know, I know.

And by that what I mean to say is, I hadn’t played them until very recently.

You see, there’s this console called the Wii U that Nintendo released at the end of last year. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It hasn’t had a lot of games released for it in the last several months (that’s an understatement) and I haven’t used it much, but it did recently unveil its new online Virtual Console service, which does give Wii U owners some actual content to enjoy. Old content, sure, but content nonetheless.

So, starved of reasons to pick up my Wii U gamepad, I had the best excuse I’ve ever had to delve into those two critically untouchable supposed gems of the Super Nintendo era: Super Mario World and Super Metroid. I downloaded the pair for the grand total of ten dollars and seventy cents. I played them.

And my self-worth as a Nintendo fan plummeted.

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SLE3P IS FOR THE WEAK

Another year has passed and we are once again on the doorstep of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. One week left!

For those Sydneysiders and Melbournians (etc) who are keen to watch the conferences but can’t be bothered looking up and cross-referencing time zones to work out when they have to get up, I’ve written them up right here. Look no further!

All times are in AEST.
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JUNE 7TH 3am –
KONAMI (pre-E3)
THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: Metal Gear Solid V, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: The fact that David Hayter will actually be voicing Snake again and that Pro Evo no longer has exclusive rights to the J-League. Fat chance.
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JUNE 11TH 2am – 4am
MICROSOFT

THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: Plenty of games for Xbox One, some current-gen stuff and some casual stuff no-one cares about.
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: Price, release date and launch game confirmations for Xbox One, clarifying information on preowned games and always-online functionality.

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JUNE 11TH 6am – 7am
EA

THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: Battlefield 4, plenty of EA Sports titles and their lucrative new Star Wars game license.
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: A new Star Wars: Battlefront game. Oh please please please let this happen.

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JUNE 11TH 8am – 9am
UBISOFT

THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: When we’ll finally get to play South Park: The Stick of Truth. This year.

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JUNE 11TH 11am – 1pm
SONY

THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: What the PS4 console actually looks like, Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son and the gang.
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: The unveiling of Final Fantasy XV and a new Gravity Rush sequel on Vita.

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JUNE 12TH 12 midnight –
NINTENDO
(via Nintendo Direct Broadcast)

THEY WILL TALK ABOUT: Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Zelda Wind Waker HD, a new 3D Mario platformer, new Mario Kart, new Smash Bros
I HOPE THEY TALK ABOUT: The new Wii U Zelda title, a new Advance Wars for 3DS, Lloyd Irving playable in Smash Bros. All unlikely.